Perry graduated in Economics from Salford University. After starting his career working as an economic analyst at two international banks, he moved into executive search as a researcher with Ernst & Young. He subsequently worked at leading international search firms, Russell Reynolds and GKR (now Korn Ferry) before helping to set up legal search boutique Piper Pritchard. After working as a professional services consultant for a number of years, he joined the partner practice group at a US legal search firm in London. He has worked as a researcher at SR Search since May 2014.